Galway City Tribune – Receivers acting on behalf of NAMA have increased the number of homes planned for a site in Knocknacarra to 179, after the City Council expressed concerns that too few units were proposed to be built.
In April of last year, Con Cronin and Roger Keogh of GVA Donal O Buachalla – receivers appointed by NAMA – sought permission to built 172 residential units and a creche on a 14.5-acre site at Ballyburke on the Upper Ballymoneen Road, which stretches back close to the Clybaun Road.
However, the Council expressed a series of concerns about the proposals and sought extensive revisions to be made – those revisions have been completed and re-submitted to the local authority.
The plan have met with renewed opposition from residents of the Ard na Gaoithe estate on Clybaun Road, which backs onto the site.
The plans now involve the demolition of a derelict bungalow on the site and construction of 179 homes.
The new proposal includes:
■ 82 apartments (10 three-bed, 65 two-bed, 7 one-bed)
■ 97 houses (58 terraced and 39 semi-detached)
■ A creche with outdoor play area
■ Shared communal and private open space, landscaping
■ More than 310 parking spaces
A pedestrian and cycle link has also been included for lands zoned for Recreational Amenity use to the south of the site.
The number of units in the scheme was increased after city planners said it would have “a significant shortfall and is not acceptable” because the lands are zoned for residential use and are fully serviced.
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